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Successful Reduction of A Confiscation Order

Successful Reduction of A Confiscation Order   Xiaoyong Ding and Eva Barci, instructing Rhys Rosser of 2 Bedford Row Chambers, successfully achieved a large reduction of a confiscation order. C was originally charged for possession of class A drugs, possession of criminal property and other driving offences. He pleaded guilty to all offences and the prosecution instigated confiscation proceedings pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. The prosecution made attempts to attribute the large amount of cash deposits in C’s bank accounts to the benefit figure of C’s confiscation order. Assisted by Eva Barci, Xiaoyong Ding took detailed analysis of C’s bank transactions...

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In the High Court: Successful Appeal Against Extradition

Customs Control

In the High Court: Successful Appeal Against Extradition   Katerina Tsibouklis, instructing George Hepburne-Scott of Church Court Chambers, secured the discharge of a requested person following an extradition appeal in the High Court. Mr N was a requested person convicted in Poland for offences against property in 2002. He was sentenced in his absence in 2003. Mr N subsequently moved to the United Kingdom, where he resided for some 20 years before being arrested and brought before the Court pursuant to an extradition warrant which was issued by the Polish authorities. Since arriving in the United Kingdom in 2002, Mr N had never...

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Prosecution Offer No Evidence in Domestic Assault by Beating Case

Prosecution Offer No Evidence in Domestic Assault by Beating Case   Noor Elbaradie instructed Matthew Kingswell of 2 Bedford Row Chambers to represent C. C was charged with two counts of assault by beating against his mother and sister. At his first appearance hearing, the prosecution opposed bail and deemed that C was a risk to his mother and sister with whom he resides. Katerina Tsibouklis represented C during this hearing and made submissions in respect of bail, highlighting that a custodial environment would not be suitable for C due to his Schizophrenia. Katerina explained that he is of good character and willing to engage with...

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Successful Result in Snaresbrook Crown Court

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Successful Result in Snaresbrook Crown Court   Sophia Vargas Sanchez instructed Hannah Edwards of 25 Bedford Row chambers to represent C. C was initially charged with PWITS Class A, PWITS Class B, possession of ammunition and failure to provide PIN. He was immediately remanded in custody as he was of No Fixed Abode. Sophia took detailed instructions prior to the PTPH where we found reasonable grounds to query the charges of failing to provide a PIN and intent to supply Class A. These instructions were decisive as C already had two previous convictions for PWITS Class A and was therefore a potential ‘third-striker’...

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Court of Appeal: Conviction Quashed After 22 Months

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Court of Appeal: Conviction Quashed After 22 Months Xiaoyong Ding successfully helped D appeal against a conviction entered in June 2022 and had the conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal. D was charged with one count of acquiring criminal property (over £725,000) and one count of possessing criminal property (approximately £3,000 cash). During her trial before Snaresbrook Crown Court, she gave evidence which essentially relied on duress/Section 45 and in addition having no control of the financial accounts in question. Following her trial, she was acquitted for the second count but was convicted by majority for the first count. She...

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Managing a Brothel: Unanimous Acquittal

Managing a Brothel: Unanimous Acquittal   Xiaoyong Ding secures a unanimous acquittal for X who appeared before Chelmsford Crown Court for trial in a two-handed case concerning the offences of controlling prostitution for gain and assisting in the management of a brothel. X was charged with one count of assisting in the management of a brothel. Her husband was charged with one count of controlling prostitution for gain, after he pleaded guilty at the early stage of the case to other counts of possessing a class A drug and possessing an extreme pornographic image. X was arrested at their family home during a police...

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Cryptoassets: The New Rules

Legal commentary by Karim Kucuk   What are cryptoassets? Crypto-Assets represent a digital form of value capable of electronic transfer, storage, and trade. Common examples include non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and cryptocurrencies. These assets possess a decentralised nature, meaning they are not governed by a single central authority. As a result, they offer pseudonymity, with ownership details not being directly linked to individual identities. While this decentralised structure appeals to individuals seeking financial privacy, it also opens avenues for potential misuse. Criminal aspects of cryptoassets The emergence of crypto-Assets has drawn prevalent attention from financial regulators, legislators, law enforcement agencies, and the media. Despite the legitimate...

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Miscarriages of Justice: Des Jenson Attends House of Commons

Miscarriages of Justice: Des Jenson Attends House of Commons   Des Jenson, Solicitor Advocate, attended the House use of Commons on Tuesday 16th April for a meeting organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on miscarriages of justice. Several MPs attended including Barry Sherman, the Labour MP for Huddersfield and Kim Johnson, the Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside, (whose bill on Joint Enterprise (Significant Contribution) aims to tighten up the law on Joint Enterprise). Glyn Maddocks KC, a former Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) commissioner and Stephen Kamlish KC, who represented one of the ‘Birmingham Four’ were also present. David Jessel, the former presenter...

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UK eVisa ROLLOUT

Summary by Agnieszka Tomasikiewicz - 19th April 2024   UK eVisa ROLLOUT   The Home Office announced on April 17th, 2024, that the UK Government aims for a fully digital eVisa immigration and border system by 2025. Starting on April 17th, visa holders residing in the UK can expect to receive communication from the Home Office. These notifications will prompt them to establish a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account for accessing their eVisas. Millions of individuals are encouraged to transition from conventional physical immigration documents to electronic visas. Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs), the physical documents currently in use, are set to be gradually phased out....

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Katerina Tsibouklis Appears on Channel 5

Channel Five News

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Katerina Tsibouklis, solicitor, appears on Channel 5 to comment on a review into the decision to charge Caroline Flack with assault by beating in 2019. The Guardian - Caroline Flack News Article https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvYfBdnsfA0 Katerina Tsibouklis, solicitor, appears on Channel 5 News [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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